|The Whole of the Proceedings in the Arches-Court of Canterbury, in a Cause between the Hon. Mrs. Catherine Weld, Daughter to the Lord Aston and Edward Weld, Esquire, her Husband: Containing, I. Her Libel Exhibited Against Him for Impotency - author unknown. Publication info - London: Printed for E. Rayner, 1732.|
Three years after they were wed, Catherine Weld brought a suit against her husband Edward to dissolve their marriage because he was not able to consummate it. A series of witnesses testified that Edward had told them he was impotent, and three experienced midwives testified that Catherine was a virgin. The judge, however, based his decision to sustain the marriage on the testimony of two doctors who said they had cured Edward and were sure he could have sex...
Keywords: impotence; annulment; testimony